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From Knowing to Understanding: a Learning Journey in Engagement, by Nancy Pylypiuk

When I began this journey two years ago, I was looking for answers to a question that had become increasingly pervasive and yet frustratingly intangible in my teaching practice: how could I resolve the student I was with the students I now teach? Despite my exposure to some new ways of thinking about teaching and learning and my development of some powerful professionally collaborative relationships, there was still a disconnect. I was ready to do something about that. (more…)

Student Writing

May 1st seems like a long way off but it will be Spring Break before we know it and when we get back, May is right around the corner!

What’s important about May 1st?  It’s the deadline for our student writing contest and journal, Voices Visible.  Start talking to your studnets now.  The entry cover letter will be upladed to the site soon.

Every year we publish some amazing writing from our young authors – this year could be the year for your students!

What a great conference

The annual BCTELA Fall Conference was a great success! Thank you to all who attended and shared your thoughts about the literate lives of teachers and students. We have been blown away by the positive feedback from members and we are already looking forward to next year.

You never know who you’ll meet

BCTELA would like to congratulate Richard Wagamese, who has just been named the recipient of this year’s George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature.  Congratulations Richard!

Richard Wagamese was the keynote speaker at last October’s conference.  He was inspiring, as he challenged us to see each student’s needs clearly and to give them time to grow, and welcoming, as he reassured us that what we do is making a difference even if we don’t always see the difference it makes.

Who will you meet a this year’s conference?

Welcome back!

As we begin classes this September, we have an added element: phase 1 of our job action plan which calls us to our classrooms and our students in this “time to teach.” Throughout this process, it is paramount that we provide and seek support in our professional communities acheter du viagra france.  This fall, you can find reinforcement and restoration at a PSA conference. BCTELA’s “Leading Literate Lives” is planned by teachers for teachers. We hope to see you in Surrey!

11 Things You May Not Know About BCTELA

  1. BCTELA was founded in 1959.
  2. We run the only no fee writing contest in the province and we have for over 20 years.
  3. We’re a K-12 organization.
  4. We value teachers as writers, not just teachers of writing.
  5. We’re affiliated nationally, continentally, and internationally.
  6. We have a new treasurer.
  7. Our PSA executive and LSAs are geographically diverse.
  8. We have an open access journal and website.
  9. We’ve been involved in a range of curriculum projects such as English First Peoples 10/11/12.
  10. The Middle Mosaic rocks.
  11. Half of the executive of BCTELA knits.

 

Local conversations

Congratulations to our newest Local Specialist Association (LSA) in SD 60-Fort St. John!  We look forward to hearing about the exciting work they’re doing together.

If you teach in SD 60-Fort St. John and want to get involved, contact us.

Continue the Conversations

Some of the Saturday institutes at the conference brainstormed some text set lists which are now up on the BCTELA wikiGo to the wiki from here and then bookmark it for easy reference.  Everyone is welcome to add and edit information, create new pages and generally collaborate for better classroom experiences.  Everyone has something to share!

Another Successful Conference

Thank you to all the teachers who made this year’s conference so wonderful! Many people commented on how much they look forward to the atmosphere of camaraderie and encouragement.

Richard Wagamese gave a lovely keynote on Thursday, Friday was full of action and the sharing of ideas and Saturday was relaxed inquiry deep into one of 4 institute topics.

Teachers coming together make the conference happen. To all who participated: thank you for your time and energy!

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